Science, technology, engineering and maths are fascinating subjects to learn, but not always the easiest of subjects to talk about, and that’s the idea behind FameLab.
FameLab is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world. Initiated by Cheltenham Science Festivals in the UK, it was brought to Qatar by the British Council in partnership with Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), supported by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
Participants to FameLab are expected to deliver an entertaining and original three-minute talk about any scientific topic without using PowerPoint or other electronic presentation tools and with limited use of props. The talk must be scientifically accurate, but also engaging to a non-scientific audience.
In preparation for the competition, participants will receive science communication skills training in Arabic and English, which will be delivered by science communication trainers and will run for a week this November.
After auditions, which will take place in January 2020, only 16 finalists will make it to the finals. They will attend a two-day advanced science communication training course (FameLab Master Class) in February 2020 delivered by one of the leading communicators in the UK, in preparation for the national final, which will be held at the QNCC, and part of the National Scientific Research Competition (April 2020) organised in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
The winner of FameLab Qatar will go on a trip to the UK to represent Qatar in the FameLab International Competition at the Cheltenham Science Festival.
The British Council and QNRF intend to build a culture that understands and supports the positive role that science plays in a country’s economic and social growth. Click here to know more about the FameLab competition.